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INTERNATIONAL SEABED AUTHORITY (ISBA):

The ISBA will resume its first session from 27 February - 17 March 1995, and again on 24 July - 4 August 1995. Both meetings will be in Kingston, Jamaica. These sessions will address the adoption of rules of procedure, elections of officers of the ISBA Assembly and the head of the Secretariat, and creation of the Council and the Finance Committee. Responsibility for oversight of seabed mining will be transferred from the UN Office of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea to the ISBA after the Secretariat is established. With the adoption of the rules of procedure, watch for the beginning of NGO participation in the ISBA process.